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A sartorial revolution to colour our politics

Anthony Butler promo
1 day(s) ago

The idea of decorum has provided a pretext for an insidious campaign against parliamentary free expression, writes Anthony Butler

Unemployed won’t buy notion of wage restraint

1 day(s) ago

The unemployed want wages to grow as much as they want pensions and child grants to grow, writes Jonny Steinberg

THE INSIDER: Karoo group treasures forthright Malema

BIG PLANS: Shell has reserved another $250m for drilling exploration wells in the Karoo. Picture: THE HERALD
2 day(s) ago

The Treasure the Karoo Action Group won’t be partnering with Julius Malema’s EFF to advance any social cause any time in the near future

WINE: Geared for visitors

Michael Fridjhon promo
1 day(s) ago

I dropped into the tasting room at Villiera recently, on a quiet day in the dead of winter, writes Michael Fridjhon

LAW MATTERS: Arms deals critics should focus on corruption not rationality

2 day(s) ago

Once you accept that the defence force needed new equipment, then you are pretty much buggered on a rationality argument, writes Franny Rabkin

SABC plan is antithesis of open journalism

2 day(s) ago

At its heart, open journalism is about accepting, and embracing, a radically changing relationship between journalists and their audience, writes Anton Harber


Previous columns


TECHNO FILE: Exercising ‘right to be forgotten’ could spark ‘Streisand effect’

Kevin O'Grady promo
3 day(s) ago

People taking advantage of the Google ruling should not underestimate the ‘Streisand effect’, writes Kevin O’Grady

New oven force to be reckoned with

Penny Haw promo
3 day(s) ago

The microwave oven could make a major comeback in the next few years; not only as a cooker but also as a counter, writes Penny Haw

Bloemfontein Celtic’s Middendorp infuriates Safa over player’s release

Mninawa Ntloko promo
3 day(s) ago

Perennially irritable Bloemfontein Celtic coach’s name will definitely not appear on the Safa Christmas shopping list this year, writes Mninawa Ntloko

Foreigners happy to buy SA dollar bonds — for now

3 day(s) ago

The inflows remain for now but they could stop or reverse quickly as the US starts normalising its monetary policy, writes Hilary Joffe

Ball-tampering — it’s just one of the original sins of the game

Vernon Philander. Picture: REUTERS/DINUKA LIYANAWATTE
4 day(s) ago

Ball-tampering is one of the most overrated, overhyped ‘crimes’ in cricket, writes Neil Manthorp

The fear of failing in business is SA’s undoing

4 day(s) ago

For the majority of the population, James Caan’s appeal to ‘embrace failure’ will take some time to take root, writes Trudi Makhaya

The hard question that goes to heart of a matter

Tony Leon promo
4 day(s) ago

Asking the right question often leads to moral clarity, even if it is not so easily answered, writes Tony Leon

We want to belong — but to Brics?

Mark Barnes promo
5 day(s) ago

If the Brics funds are to go to the most needy we’re bound to benefit from more than our proportional share, or contribution, writes Mark Barnes

ON THE MONEY: New credit legislation could deliver a fresh blow to African Bank

Stuart Theobald promo
5 day(s) ago

African Bank is already against the ropes after vast bad debt write-offs, writes Stuart Theobald

ON WORK: Online job reviews aren’t useful

Lucy Kellaway promo
5 day(s) ago

While people feel compelled to write reviews of everyday items, they are more reticent when it comes to reviewing their jobs, writes Lucy Kellaway

Here’s to the land of midnight bar

5 day(s) ago

At a conference in Iceland, Gillian Tett’s most memorable economic lesson came from an unexpected source: beer

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Charlie Haden

5 day(s) ago

Among Haden’s great assets were his sound and also what might be termed his positional play, writes Richard Haslop

UNEMBARGOED: Palestinians must have a state for lasting peace

5 day(s) ago

If we want a better world, we must all be prepared to demonstrate some moral courage and consistently condemn terrorist atrocities from whichever side they come, writes Songezo Zibi

Communication a huge issue for ANC

6 day(s) ago

South Africans can only hope that the decision to split the department of communications isn’t going to detract from other crucial projects, writes Duncan McLeod

Legal strikes no dinner party but alternative is worse

8 day(s) ago

Hysteria over the effect of strikes on the economy often misses what could happen in the face of inequality and poverty in SA in the absence of a voice and recourse for workers, writes Natasha Marrian

THE INSIDER: Life is a beach in Durban — unless you are a bum

Durban's beachfront. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
8 day(s) ago

Hobos are not even allowed onto beaches run by the eThekwini municipality, according to the Durban Seashore Regulations

Tribe and technology can reinforce each other

Africa modern XXX.   Picture: THINKSTOCK
10 day(s) ago

The transformative effects of the internet can be viewed as a boon for the democratisation of ideas, writes Muthoni Maingi

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: BMW gets British brand right

10 day(s) ago

Some of German firm’s engineers in Stuttgart know the importance of keeping the Mini feeling like a Mini, writes Alexander Parker

Forget the Brics aspirations, try exporting instead

10 day(s) ago

Hilary Joffe: Can South Africa see past its Brics aspirations to focus on its own realities and how to fix them?

Taxing times for Moroka Swallows supporters as club heads for oblivion

Mninawa Ntloko promo
10 day(s) ago

Much like the extinct dodo, flightless Moroka Swallows are seemingly on their own reckless path towards oblivion, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: Jazz world loses a legend in ‘hillbilly’ Haden

BASSIST: Charlie Haden.  Picture: REUTERS
10 day(s) ago

The world has lost both a great musician and a leading figure in the politics of culture with the death of award-winning bassist Charlie Haden, writes Gwen Ansell

AT HOME AND ABROAD: Pendulum swings towards reaction against ‘the other’

Allister Sparks promo
10 day(s) ago

The world is becoming one and the challenge ahead is that we all have to learn to live with one another in peace, writes Allister Sparks

THE INSIDER: ANC cadres find it hard to keep up with the titles

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba arrives at Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday for President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address on Thursday.   Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
10 day(s) ago

Malusi Gigaba’s move from the ministry of public enterprises seems to have escaped the attention of his staff

JAZZ: Tango treat on offer

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Like South Africa’s indigenous modern music, tango is a syncretic form that draws from diverse influences, writes Gwen Ansell

Not much mystery in SA’s high misery score

Leon Louw promo
3 day(s) ago

SA is the world’s eighth-most miserable country, according to the Hanke human misery index, which measures misery in 90 countries, writes Leon Louw

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: Hybrid does it for me

3 day(s) ago

Lexus ES300h’s space, specs and comfort win one over, and the meagre consumption clinches the deal, writes Alexander Parker

Unions want to join club, not change the rules

3 day(s) ago

As the metal strike drags on, it is common to blame the economy’s problems on the radicalism of trade unions, writes Steven Friedman

Time to throw off bonds of liberal economics

Thami Mazwai promo
3 day(s) ago

Research by the Human Sciences Research Council vindicates concern that the liberalisation of the economy does not, in the short term, address the poverty gripping South Africa, writes Thami Mazwai

New bourgeoisie must set course for greater equality

4 day(s) ago

The new bourgeoisie must demonstrate that it is in the business not only of enriching a few, but of transforming the deeply entrenched socioeconomic imbalances, writes Phakamisa Ndzamela

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: It won’t be business as usual after strike ends

Dave Marrs promo
4 day(s) ago

Seifsa members may ride out the storm but it is clear many Neasa-aligned companies risk bankruptcy, writes Dave Marrs

THE INSIDER: Floyd’s pinkish economic outlook mocked by MPs

Floyd Shivambu. Picture: SOWETAN
4 day(s) ago

Shivambu comes under heavy fire for his enthusiasm for diving into deep intellectual waters and coming up with swift solutions to intractable problems

Zambians are getting worried about their missing president

Dianna Games promo
5 day(s) ago

Officials have been accused of trying to maintain the facade that all is well, writes Dianna Games

Mandela’s legacy of compromise is defective

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
5 day(s) ago

Aubrey Matshiqi: It is time for even the most wide-eyed optimists to accept that the reconciliation project has hit another pothole

Long-haul still a mountain to climb for ever-improving no-frills airlines

Michael Skapinker promo
5 day(s) ago

There is no longer much difference between a budget carrier’s service and an old-style airline’s, writes Michael Skapinker

White’s loyalty to and investment in his players have paid off handsomely

Jake White. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/STEVE HAAG
5 day(s) ago

Jake White’s coaching career has coincided with loyalty to players who have done well for him, writes Mark Keohane

Rate hike shows policy makers’ predicament

Gavin Keeton
5 day(s) ago

Unless growth recovers, SA could find itself trapped between the pincers of slow growth and high inflation, writes Gavin Keeton

ON THE WATER: Imagine fishing for trout on Mars

Picture: THINKSTOCK
5 day(s) ago

Fishing is just not gratifying when you have to do it crotch-deep in effluent, writes Neels Blom

THE LAST WORD: He who pays the expert calls the tune

6 day(s) ago

There’s nothing like a company crash to reveal just how empty words like ‘independent’ and ‘expert’ can actually be, writes Rob Rose

A generation of IT girls on the rise

6 day(s) ago

An initiative aims to take digital education deep into communities that are not usually exposed to it, writes Arthur Goldstuck

Unemployment seems to be off the state’s radar

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
8 day(s) ago

The government has given little indication that it will focus on the pressing challenge of unemployment, writes Itumeleng Mahabane

The war on private healthcare is misguided

Leon Louw promo
10 day(s) ago

The cure for government failure on healthcare is to discontinue the war on private alternatives, writes Leon Louw

Germany savouring golden moment after win in Rio — but it may not last

Gideon Rachman promo
10 day(s) ago

Germany is going through a golden moment on and off the soccer field but there are reasons for fearing that it will prove all too momentary, writes Gideon Rachman

Action taken on the weather at last

Penny Haw promo
10 day(s) ago

Cold feet are a thing of the past thanks to Skunkx shoes, which are equipped with electrical heating and vibrating systems, writes Penny Haw

WINE: SA need more sommeliers

Michael Fridjhon promo
8 day(s) ago

Sommeliers can ensure the kind of commitment to quality in wine selection, storage and service that SA needs, writes Michael Fridjhon

India might buck the Brics’ downward trend

Tony Leon promo
11 day(s) ago

India has promised to revive business and investor confidence through less reliance on the state and more liberalisation of labour laws, writes Tony Leon

Middle East: a blind spot for liberals

Steven Friedman
10 day(s) ago

Liberal democracy will seem more appealing if those who advocate it apply its principles to their own prejudices, writes Steven Friedman

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